Sometimes I wish I could grow wings and fly far away…
David said it best:
“Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!” Psalm 55:6, NLT.
Not because I feel my life is so terrible. In fact, a young woman told me the other day that my name means “blessing” in the local language. I had to laugh. Right now it seems like bad news keeps popping up. But even still God has me right in his hand, holding me and keeping me. Blessing me. But I wish I could fly away and go somewhere quiet…with no noise…no distractions…just God. His voice. His embrace. His Holy Spirit. His quieting, calming, gentle presence. I’ll take whatever God gives me. Really I will. I might have to go in a closet and get rid of my feelings about it, but I’ll do it. But when what He gives me is surrounded by noise, clutter and distractions it makes me long for that quiet life in 1 Thessalonians 4:11. The one where I get to live a quiet life, minding my own business, working with my hands (which I love because I love to work with my hands).
So of course I had to ask the question: “Well…why is it so important to mind your own business?” The next verse says “Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others”. In today’s world, people take notice when you mind your own business and go about your life quietly. That’s usually because you’re not caught up in the latest scandal or drawing negative attention. We all fail and do what’s wrong. All of us do. But you can’t go wrong when you keep a daily goal of living a quiet life.